Green-wash (green’wash’, -wôsh’) – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.
Have you ever been out shopping and opted towards buying an environmentally friendly product that may cost
a couple of extra dollars? Did that product promise to be better for YOU and the environment?
Well next time you make the decision to purchase these products, make sure you are completely aware of what they really contain. More often than not, products that claim to be “Green” and environmentally friendly end up causing more harm than good.
If you take a look at your local grocery store you will probably be able to spot these products easily. Some of them include:
1. Dawn Antibacterial dish soap
It claims to help save wildlife by cleaning up animals affected by oil spills. However, the soap itself contains elements harmful to animals.
2.Vim PowerPro Naturals
The label on Vim PowerPro Naturals bathroom cleaner says 98 per cent natural ingredients. However, after inspection it turned out that the product includes a large component of petroleum based chemicals.
3. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
On the label, this cleaning product states it’s non-toxic. But aMarketplace expert determined that one ingredient in the cleaner, 2-butoxyethanol, is listed by Environment Canada as a toxic health hazard that can damage red blood cells.
4. Sunlight Green Clean laundry soap
This product claims to be made up of solely plant based cleaning products. However, tests conducted on this product proved that it is 38% made of petro-chemicals.
This is a very small number of examples compared to the real amount of deceiving “Green” product. So next time you choose to purchase such items, make sure you are making an educated and informed decision.